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Gibborim Adventures

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
Destinations

Destinations

Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget

Tour Overview

The Marangu route, also known as Coca-Cola route because it’s the most popular or ‘touristy’ route, is the only route on the mountain which offers sleeping huts with dormitory style accommodation. It’s considered the easiest route because of its gradual slope so is suitable for novice climbers. The climb takes you through attractive and unspoiled forest home to rich bird life and monkeys, followed by grassy moorland, scree high altitude wilderness and finally spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area at Uhuru Peak.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Colobus Monkey
  • Activities:
    Trekking
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Arusha or Moshi

Price Per Person – USD

From USD TBA per person

What's Included

  • Full board during climb including mineral/drinking water
  • Professional well-experienced Kilimanjaro team with English / German/ Spanish / French / Italian speaking mountain guides
  • Porters and cook
  • Mountain hut accommodation (please bring your own sleeping bag)
  • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees, flying doctor, wildlife reserve entry fees
  • Climbing certificates

What's Excluded

  • International flights
  • Airport departure tax
  • Gratuities for mountain guide and mountain teams
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Sleeping bag (rental fee USD 15)

 

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Gibborim Adventures
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Gibborim Adventures‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

The national park gate (1,830 m) lies at the edge of Marangu, an attractive village with many small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, we will climb up through attractive and unspoiled forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m). The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is a rich bird life at the huts and monkeys are often seen as well.

3-5 hours walking

The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens
out into grassy moorland and, in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and
Mawenzi peaks. We will climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heather and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach Horombo
Hut (3,720 m). Sunrises and sunsets here are often very spectacular, the site is
close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the
clouds.

4-6 hours walking

We will climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. Usually we reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday and the afternoon is free (to contemplate the summit ascent!) The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night.

4-5 hours walking

We will start the ascent by torchlight at about 1 am up to Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s (5,685 m) in about five or six hours. We will rest there and spend some time taking pictures of the sunrise. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast
and return to Horombo Hut for the night.

11-15 hours walking

We retrace your steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the national park gates. The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day. From here you will be driven by car to Arusha/Moshi town.

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